Tonight was the 2nd time we met face to face again after the break, and we had a very unique structure for the night. The theme was ‘Back to Front’, which meant that we would also reverse the structure of the meeting, with evaluators preceding the speeches, leaving room for improvisation and flexibility to our speaking!
The meeting kicked off with toastmaster Johnny giving an ‘evaluation’ to our Toastmasters of speeches and speech presenters. Johnny gave cues such as grand hand gestures, loud voices and even quirks such as standing on toes to challenge our speakers.
Word of the Night
Word of the night was presented by Chris, who gave us the word ‘integrate’. He used the word integrate in different contexts and challenged us to ‘integrate’ the word into our speeches for the night.
In our unique meeting, the prepared speeches were to be presented first, by Johnny and Molly.
Johnny’s speech was titled “Contemplation is the way”. Johnny inspired us that in order to change our life, we need to change our thinking. He did this by asking a thought provoking question – “what do you think about most of the time?” And why is this important? Because “we become what we think about most of the time”. He explained the strategies we can use to create the reality we want – by using contemplation to change our thinking patterns… by surrounding ourselves with supportive conditions… and by using our imagination to move beyond the limitations of logic.
Molly’s speech was titled ‘The value of having a husband”, where she described the lessons her husband had given her throughout their time together. These lessons included forgiveness and thinking through situations logically.
New member induction
To add on to an exciting meeting, we had new member Leah join us! Leah had come aboard to the WPH club looking to improve her communication skills and she has been actively participating in our meetings so far.
Table Topics Master
As with the theme, members were given the topic of table topics, and were instructed to give a minute impromptu speech without knowing the question. This resulted in very creative ideas and speeches, and Table Topics Master Mark followed up by creating the questions based off the speeches presented.
Laughmaster was presented by Chris, who gave us his personal anecdotes surrounding the culture behind the tech industry. Chris gave us some very funny stories surrounding technical jargon that were misinterpreted by him as innuendos.
The toast was presented by Johnny, and Johnny spoke about the theme which was ‘doing things back to front.’
In conclusion, the night allowed all members to learn to be flexible to changes to structure. All members responded very well and demonstrated great ability to be adaptable. We are all looking forward to the next meeting!
Written and edited by Jonathan Lau